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Book review | The British Firearms Law Handbook

Laura Saunsbury and Nick Doherty with Helen Dobby Sweet and Maxwell, 2011, £27.95 ISBN: 978-0414044982

9 March 2012

We are told in the preface that although this is the first edition of The British Firearms Law Handbook, it is in effect the seventh edition of Gun Law, last published in 1999. The work is intended to help the ordinary reader, presumably the firearm user rather than the lawyer, understand the complexities of firearms legislation. This is a controversial subject at any time, but particularly so in the wake of the most recent New Year’s Day tragedy in Durham.

The authors explain that they are concerned with the law as it stands and not the policies behind it. They refer to the anticipated update to the 2002 Home Office guidance to the police and recommendations made in 2010 by the home affairs select committee for consolidation and amendment of the various firearms Acts, and recognise that it may not be long before a further edition will be required.

While the authors give full credit to Godfrey...

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